State of Minnesota License Requirements for Private Investigators

  • Each individual applying for license must meet all of the state statute-specified qualification requirements to be accepted.
  • Each person signing the application must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Each person must have a record free of felony convictions, and no record of conviction for any offenses that are stipulated in statute.
  • The applicant must supply a $10,000 Surety Bond (private detective/investigator for fee) at the time their application is made.
  • The applicant must supply a Proof of Financial Responsibility at the time of application.
  • Applicants must complete required application materials and supporting documents.
  • All applicants must be of good character, be honest and have the highest level of integrity.
  • Each applicant must pay new license fee and any other charges currently mandated by the Minnesota state legislature.

The above is provided as a service to MAPI members and non-members for general information purposes. For complete and up-to-date information about licensing in the state of Minnesota, please visit

For additional information, please contact Greg Cook, Executive Director Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services, 1430 Maryland Avenue St Paul, MN 55106.  Phone: 651-793-2666.

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